Acting : Principal Oaktree Primary School
Catherine O’Farrell is the Group Head of Inclusion across all Athena schools. Catherine has been leading inclusion internationally from Ireland to Australia, spending 8 years in the UAE. She is regularly published in educational magazines and is a director on the Dubai Inclusion Network. Catherine is passionate about removing barriers to learning to ensure that every child can reach their full potential in an inclusive, caring environment.
Principal: Grammar School
Craig Shipton has thirty-five very successful years leading and teaching in a wide variety of primary and secondary schools in the UK and overseas. He has been a qualified inspector for 20 years and also holds the NPQH and SIP qualifications from the UK. Having previously held leadership and management positions at all levels and in different contexts, including 18 years in Senior Leadership, he is delighted to be the Principal of the Grammar School, Dubai. He is committed to the pursuit of excellence in schools, ensuring the needs of all student are met. He has worked in four countries in the Middle East as a principal, school management adviser and as an expert consultant to the Saudi Government.
Principal : Al Sadiq Islamic English School
Sadia Wajid leads Al Sadiq Islamic English School, this being the third school she has lead as principal in Dubai. She brings to the position 20 years experience in the British National Curriculum and is passionate about teaching and learning. A science teacher by origin her career path encompasses specialisms in instruction and staff development, Head of Secondary School, Academic Leader, and Vice Principal.Her educational experiences have afforded her the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of people to meet the common goal of increasing student achievement and well-being. Her educational philosophy is based on her firm belief that all students have the capability to learn and deserve personalized learning opportunities to enable them to reach their full potential. She believes that through hard work and perseverance we can specially develop each child. She feels that teamwork is the ultimate way a school can be successful in reaching the student's hearts and minds. Sadia’s vision, drive, and enthusiasm ensures she leads a strong team of committed educators.
Principal : American International School
Tiffany Brooks is an enthusiastic, well-rounded educator with 23 years of experience in teaching and instructional leadership. Emits strong skills in implementing the curriculum, and maintaining a learning environment that cultivates a positive learning environment for the academic and social achievement of all students. Collaborates with the leadership team to develop building-wide goals and implement Response to Intervention and Positive Behavior Intervention System. She emphasizes open communication between teachers, parents, administrators, and other stakeholders, ensuring cooperative effort and the availability of a full range of educational support for the betterment of the students.
Dionne Pinkett Foy
Principal : Al Wahda Private School
Dionne Pinkett Foy, has been involved in education for 22 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Early Childhood Education and a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology/Sociology from Georgia State University. She then later attended Central Michigan University where she received her Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership. She holds a certification in Special Education for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Most recently, she obtained an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. Before becoming the principal, she served as an Academic Vice Principal with the Ministry of Education. In her earlier years in education, she taught kindergarten, 2nd-9th grades, as well as served as a Special Education Coordinator for inner-city public schools in Atlanta, Georgia, and Charlotte, North Carolina. She has also held various leadership positions on several committees throughout her career.
Principal : Al Resalah American International School
Paul Grimaud holds an incredible 14-year experience in the education industry. He has had a well-rounded experience starting as a Teacher, Head of Department, Curriculum Coordinator, Vice Principal, and Director/Principal. He is a Masters and Post Graduate degree holder in Education and Management, has IB experience and is a certified USA Principal. Collaboration, respect, and professionalism are all qualities Paul applies on a daily basis to create and maintain harmony & effectiveness at work. Students are at the center of every decision he makes as a Servant Leader.
Principal: Al Resalah International School of Science
Abdelkarim Amdouni holds a Bachelor Degree in English Linguistics and a Master of Education from Murdoch University. He holds an elaborate experience in teaching and educational leadership. A teacher trainer approved as NEASC visitor and has actively participated in school accreditation in different schools in UAE. The multilingual leader is fluent in Arabic, English, and French wishes to be able to communicate with all levels of individuals at the school and firmly believes that each interaction is a vital factor to mold the children of today into the leaders of tomorrow.
Principal : Suwaihat Private Nursery
Afshan Yakoob has more than 11 years of experience in the field of Education, primarily in the Early Years and Preschool setup. She holds a degree in Business Administration, but her passion for education led her to pursue a CACHE Level 3 – (Diploma) Award in Childcare and Education for Young Children. She is currently seeking her CACHE Level 5 – Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s services. She is also TESOL certified and has completed multiple training courses in the Early Years Curriculum. Living and growing up in the U.A.E for almost 30 years, Afshan is well versed with the cultural and religious values of the local and expat community. She has worked in various schools and nurseries that followed International Curriculums where she has learned, grown and nurtured the fruits of Early Years Education.
Principal: Balloon Nursery
Shaista Sheikh has managed and supervised nurseries in Dubai since 2009. She drives professional reflection to accomplish and share best practices across the Early Childhood Sector. Passionate about creating continuous areas of provisions and enabling environments to foster, promote and encourage children's learning through play. Holding an educational background with B.Ed., master’s in education and NFCE Cache Level-5- (Dip. In leadership for health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services (England)). Shaista is committed to providing quality Early Years provision for all the children.